Advisory Board and Editors Infectious Diseases

Robert B Abramovitch

Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University. Research interests include Mycobacterium tuberculosis pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions, and chemical biology.

Christian L. Althaus

Research group leader at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) at the University of Bern (Switzerland). Christian Althaus' research is focused on modeling the dynamics of infectious diseases within and between hosts. He is a co-founder of the Swiss Meeting for Infectious Disease Dynamics (SMIDDY).

Ramy K Aziz

I am a professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Egypt. I am interested in microbiome research, pharmacomicrobiomics, evolution and emergence microbial pathogenesis and resistance, microbial and phage genomics, antibiotic resistance surveillance, adaptive laboratory evolution, metabolic reconstruction and pathway gap filling, and virulence gene discovery.

Padmapriya P Banada

Faculty of Infectious Diseases in Department of Medicine at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark NJ.

Stefan D Baral

Stefan Baral is a physician epidemiologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (JHSPH). Stefan has led epidemiological studies among key populations including men who have sex with men and sex workers in Southern, Eastern, and Western African countries as well as in Central and Southeastern Asia. Stefan acts as the Director of the Key Populations Program for the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the JHSPH.

Joanne Berghout

Dr. Berghout received her PhD in Biochemistry from McGill University in Montreal, QC where she researched the genetics of complex traits and susceptibility to infectious disease in humans and mouse models. Following that, she spent three years as the Outreach Coordinator for the Mouse Genome Informatics (MGI) database in Bar Harbor, ME. There, she trained researchers in genetics, genomics, data structures and data mining to answer biological questions, and worked closely with other members of the MGI group to develop and optimize the MGI resource. Now her research interests include genetics of all kinds, personalized medicine, big data, and scientific communication. She is currently pursuing projects in precision medicine for analysis of transcriptome data from patients with rare lung diseases (Sarcoidosis, Coccidiomycosis), and integrative network analysis of complex traits including Alzheimer's Disease. She is currently appointed at the University of Arizona's Center for Biomedical Informatics and Biostatistics (CB2) and The Center for Genetics and Genomic Medicine (TCG2M) in Tucson, AZ.

Kate N Bishop

Group Leader at The Francis Crick Institute from April 2015. Programme Leader and Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow at National Institute for Medical Research in London, UK from end of 2008. Previously, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow at King’s College London.

Ariel J Blocker

2011-:Schools of Cellular & Molecular Medicine and Biochemistry, University of Bristol: Reader in Microbiology.
2007-2011: as above, Senior Lecturer in Microbiology.
2001-2007: Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford: Guy Newton Senior Research Fellow.
1997-2000: Institute Pasteur, Paris: Postdoctoral fellow.
1996: EMBL, Heidelberg: Postdoctoral fellow.
1991-1995: EMBL, Heidelberg: PhD in Cell Biology
1988-1991: University College, London: B. Sc. in Genetics, 1st class.

Glen M Borchert

Dr. Glen Borchert holds joint appointments as an Assistant Professor in Biology and Pharmacology at the University of South Alabama. He originally received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Tennessee then completed a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Iowa. Dr. Borchert’s research focuses largely on identifying novel genetic regulators and defining their roles in oncogenesis, microbiology and speciation. Since starting his laboratory at South Alabama in August 2012, Dr. Borchert has published dozens of papers in peer reviewed journals and had numerous grant applications funded including a highly prestigious NSF CAREER award (2014-2019).

Erika M Braga

Erika Braga has a BA in Biology and a Ph.D in Parasitology from Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil, where she is a Professor of Parasitology. Coordinator of Parasitology Post-graduate Program (UFMG). Head of Malaria Laboratory at UFMG. Her research is focused on two distinct approaches: study of immune response in human malaria and study of avian malaria in wild birds. Academic Editor of PLOS ONE.

Miriam Braunstein

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the School of Medicine University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Our lab is working to understand the basic biology and pathogenesis of M. tuberculosis as a step toward developing new tuberculosis control and prevention strategies.

Dunja Bruder

Dunja Bruder did her PhD thesis in immunology focussing on T cell responses to bacterial toxins (1996-1999) followed by a postdoc in the field of mucosal immunology at the HZI in Braunschweig (2000-2006). After several scientific stays abroad (Harvard Medical School; Yale University School of Medicine) she became head of the research group “Immune Regulation” at the HZI (2006). In addition, since 2011 Dunja Bruder is Professor for "Infection Immunology" at the University Hospital in Magdeburg.